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Accountable Care Organization

Park Nicollet participates in the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO). This ACO model was started by the Center of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2016. Accountable Care Organizations are groups of healthcare providers who provide coordinated high quality care to their patients. Learn more about ACO models.

For general questions or additional information about Accountable Care Organizations, please visit medicare.gov/acos.html or call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). TTY users should call 1-877-486-2048.

ACO name, location and hours

Park Nicollet Health Services Accountable Care LLC
5050 Excelsior Blvd
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
1-800-862-7412 (toll free)

ACO primary contact

Donna Zimmerman

Participating Providers List, updated April 2020
Preferred Providers List, updated April 2020

No participants are involved in a joint venture between ACO professionals and hospitals.

Jennifer Myster
President Methodist Hospital, VP Care Group Home Care, Park Nicollet
Committee Member

Rebecca Schultz
Director of Integrity & Compliance, HealthPartners, Committee Member

Donna Zimmerman
Senior VP Government and Community Relations,
Sponsor & Committee Member

James Wheeler, DO
Nephrology Division Medical Director, Park Nicollet, Committee Member

Gena Graves
Sr. Director, Care Management and Coordination, HealthPartners & Park Nicollet Care Groups
Committee Member

Joan Sandstrom
VP Primary Care, Park Nicollet
Committee Member

Leslie Dockan
VP Primary Care, HealthPartners, Committee Member

Kody Koepke
Director of Pricing and Data Analysis, Park Nicollet
Committee Member

Kris Kopski, MD
Regional Medical Director, Primary Care, Park Nicollet
Committee Member

Chad Heim
VP Health Informatics, HealthPartners
Committee Member

Kristen Schroeder
Sr. Project Manager, Park Nicollet
Committee Coordinator

Beth Averbeck
Sr. Medical Director Primary Care, HealthPartners
Committee Member

Kristi Lyon
VP Payer Relations, ACO President, Park Nicollet, ACO President and Committee Member

Carl Ammons
Sr. Legal Counsel, HealthPartners, Committee Member

Types for ACO participants or combinations of participants who formed the ACO:

ACO professionals in a group practice arrangement

Next Generation ACO Officers:

Kristi Lyon
VP Payer Relations, Park Nicollet Health Services
President, Director and Chair, Voting Director

Tobi Tanzer
VP Integrity & Compliance, Compliance Official, Secretary,

Tricia Dege
SVP, CFO Care Delivery

Steve Connelly, MD
President Park Nicollet Clinic, Park Nicollet Health Services
NGACO Participant, Voting Director

James Wheeler, DO
Nephrology Division Medical Director, Park Nicollet Health Services
NGACO Participant, Voting Director

Kristen Kopski, MD
Regional Medical Director, Primary Care, Park Nicollet Health Services
NGACO Participant, Voting Director

Barb Stodola
Beneficiary Representative and Consumer Advocate,
Voting Director

  • Agreement Period beginning 2016, Performance Year 1: -$691,498.56
  • Agreement Period beginning 2017, Performance Year 2: $3,588,459
  • Agreement Period beginning 2018, Performance Year 3: -$645,505

Proportion of Shared Savings distributed to Next Generation Participants and Preferred Providers: 0%

How Shared Savings are Distributed
Reinvest in infrastructure to support quality patient care: 100%

Park Nicollet utilizes the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) 3-Day Waiver with these facilities:

  • Ambassador Good Samaritan – New Hope
  • Augustana Chapel View Care Center - Hopkins
  • Covenant Living – Golden Valley
  • MN Masonic – Bloomington
  • Presbyterian Homes Bloomington
  • Presbyterian Homes of Lake Minnetonka Shores
  • Sholom Home West- St. Louis Park
  • St. Gertrude’s – Shakopee
  • St. Therese – New Hope

Park Nicollet Providers participates in the Post Discharge Home Visits Waiver.